A Sequin Bodice Dress


Editor’s note: This month we are pleased to welcome Haylee, a college student from Utah, as our newest Mood Sewing Network blogger. She writes a blog called Threaded. She isn’t participating in the lace challenge but check out these chic lace skirts she and her mom made for the bridesmaids to wear at her brother’s wedding (lace from Mood!). Welcome, Haylee!

Sequin Bodice Dress

This month I decided to re-make the Shimmer Down dress from Tobi.

Sequin Bodice Dress

I fell in love with this dress when I saw it but I’m a more conservative dresser so the mini length wasn’t going to work. I couldn’t get the dress out of my head, though (so dramatic I know! 🙂 so plan B it was.

Sequin Bodice Dress

I was pumped to find this muted gold baby sequin fabric from Mood for the bodice because it was exactly what I was looking for, so that worked out well. The skirt fabric was from my stash. As for the pattern, I drafted the bodice/sleeves and then used the skirt pattern from another one I had laying around. (New Look 6723, to be specific.) Editor’s note: Haylee’s baby sequin fabric was a closeout fabric, which is sadly all gone. Here’s a gold brocade from Carolina Herrera that would work well for the bodice; here’s an ivory 4-ply silk crepe that’s perfect for the skirt part of the dress.

Sequin Bodice Dress

I really like how it turned out, so I’m excited. I like how the V-neck back looks, and I like that the dress isn’t too “in your face” sparkly. That makes me happy because I don’t want to be reflecting sunlight everywhere I go. (Ha, though I definitely am working on a skirt right now that is the epitome of “in your face” shiny. So don’t quote me on that later.) 🙂

Sequin Bodice Dress

Yay for sewing projects that work out!



  • Diana Deap
    March 14, 2013

    A lovely dress on a lovely girl! I love seeing young people who are practicing the craft I love so well.

  • Suzanne
    March 14, 2013

    That is crazy adorable. I like your length better. And the neckline and sleeves you drafted are perfection!

  • Kacie
    March 14, 2013

    Beautiful dress!!! I love that bodice fabric – the perfect balance of shimmer and sophistication. And I agree with Suzanne – I prefer the length of your dress to the original. Beautiful job!

  • Janine Whisler
    March 14, 2013

    What a darling dress this is on you, I love how sequin fabric is matte-finish, so it’s less sparkly. The distinction between the top half and bottom half is so great, a casual and interesting mix. Cute! I can’t wait to read more about your sewing endeavors with Mood!

  • Lauren
    March 14, 2013

    Beautiful! I love the sparkly top paired up with that floaty bottom – I never would have thought that combination up on my own, and now I want to shamelessly copy you, ha 🙂

  • Joy
    March 14, 2013

    I love, love, love this dress!!! Gorgeous fabric choice, awesome length, just beautiful all around.

  • Carolyn
    March 14, 2013

    Haylee – the dress is precious! I’m in awe of your drafting skills because the bodice and sleeves are perfect! Lovely garment!

  • Nikell
    March 14, 2013

    I like her version better!

  • Lori
    March 14, 2013

    Welcome to the MSN and love your dress. The length, fabric and style are perfect for you. Great job.

  • oonaballoona
    March 15, 2013

    the loveliness of your dress is only surpassed by your dimples. i cannot get over your dimples!!!

  • Peter
    March 16, 2013

    What a stunning dress — totally elegant and classic. Great job!

  • Ginger
    March 16, 2013

    I LOVE this! It’s so, so cute! So glad you’re part of the Mood Sewing Network!

  • Mary
    March 17, 2013

    Haylee, this is a great article and shows your many talents…and your cuteness. This is a fun challenge for you to be chosen to be a part of the mood sewing network team!! You did an awesome job on this dress and I loved how you enjoyed designing it and using your new flat pattern skills. I am proud of you and all you accomplish.

  • Velosewer
    March 17, 2013

    Your dress is refreshingly beautiful. Congratulations on joining the network.

  • Amy
    March 18, 2013

    Welcome Haylee! What a beautiful first garment for MSN. I love that you made gold shimmer work in a garment that could be worn anywhere. I can’t wait to see what you make next!

  • Amanda S.
    March 24, 2013

    Beautiful dress, Haylee!!!